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United Way receives $4,500 in funding to relieve local poverty

Moffat County United Way has received grant funding from two local agencies for the self-sufficiency program that aims to alleviate poverty in the community. Last week United Way announced that the program received $4,500 in funding from Walmart Community Grant program and Yampa Valley Electric Association’s Operation Round-Up. The...
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Man Enters Guilty Plea to Murder in Moffat County

A man plead guilty and was sentenced for murder in Moffat County Court Thursday, June 23rd. The case began in November 2020 when around 5:30pm on November 30th the Moffat County Sheriff’s office was notified that a man’s body had been found in a remote area of northwest Moffat County. The deceased was identified as 26-year-old Ian Tillack and foul play was suspected at the scene. This led the investigators to arrest 25-year-old Griffin James Loughlin on December 2nd, 2020 in Salt Lake City. According to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Loughlin shot Tillack in the back. Loughlin received 35 years in prison after pleading Guilty to murder in the second degree, a class two felony. He has been in Moffat County jail for 569 days since his arrest and will now be placed with Colorado Department of Corrections to serve the remainder of his sentence. The investigation was led by Moffat County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chip McIntyre, and the prosecution team was led by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Tjosvold.
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MCSD Whiteboard: Summer school in full swing

Well, it felt like summer there for a minute, and surely, as we get closer to the true start to the season, we’ll start getting more consistently summery feelings in Moffat County. Though summer is not yet officially upon us, summer school is already well into its session at...
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Murder suspect pleads guilty, sentenced to 35 years

A defendant was sentenced Thursday, June 23, in Moffat County Court for a murder case that began in November 2020. Griffin James Loughlin, 25, received 35 years in prison for the murder of Ian Tillack, 26, which occurred on Nov. 30, 2020, on County Road 161 just north of the town of Dinosaur.
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Summer mosquito spraying scheduled to start next week

Summer mosquito treatments are scheduled for next week now that the area is entering the height of the season for insect activity. Moffat County has scheduled for annual mosquito adulticide treatment to take place from Tuesday, June 28, to July 1. According to the Moffat County Weed and Pest Department,...
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Rainbow Family Of Living Light Gathering In Western Colorado

The Rainbow Family of Living Light is holding their annual gathering in western Colorado and local leaders are working to prepare. According to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, local law enforcement leaders have been meeting with local, state and federal partners since the Rainbow Family announced the location of this year’s annual gathering on June 14th. The Rainbow family describes themselves as having no leaders and no organization. “The gathering is occurring July 1st through the 7th in the Medicine Bow Routt National Forest. More specifically, Adams Park, which is located in Routt County. Due to the proximity of the gathering and directions published by the Rainbow Family, Craig and Moffat County will experience a significant increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic leading up to and then again after the gathering. Local law enforcement is keenly aware of the concerns surrounding the gathering and potential impacts to our community. Collectively, the police department and sheriff’s office have increased patrols and presence across the city and county.” A law enforcement team will focus on minimizing and mitigating the public safety impacts associated with the gathering. All are urged to secure vehicles, homes, and personal belongings. It is expected that the gathering will draw 10,000 visitors with thousands starting to show up over the next few days.
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Co-op aims to make solar accessible to Craig property owners

As the Yampa Valley prepares to make the transition from coal generated power to alternative energy sources, there is a growing movement to make solar more accessible for local property owners. Solar United Co-op, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people go solar, has launched the Northwest Solar Co-op...
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Library’s summer reading program in full swing

The Moffat County Library dove into its summer reading program by hosting a beach-themed kickoff party on June 4. Library staff member Tracy Spencer said the event drew more than 200 people, who went through the beach-themed activity stations the library had set up for the day. The party celebrated...
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Craig Press names Amber Delay assistant editor

The Craig Press has promoted Amber Delay to the role of assistant editor. Delay joined the Craig Press in February 2022 after working in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She comes into the role with a wide variety of experience and a deep knowledge of Moffat County and Craig.
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Obituary: Gene Bittler

Gene Eric Bittler was born to Gordon Gilbert Bittler and Edna Mae (Smock) Bittler April 8, 1934 in Meadville, PA, he passed away April 7, 2022 in Craig CO, a day short of his 88th birthday. His family moved to the Maybell area in 1946 where he and 2 siblings...
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Fiber social brings together local makers

A new kind of social, welcoming makers and crafts of all kinds, started on Thursday in Alice Pleasant park. Founder of the group Lorrae Moon, who owns Yampa Valley Fiberworks, started doing the fiber social to build on the local culture of fiberworks. The idea was to get people to...
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Moffat County United Way welcomes new director

Moffat County United Way has found an executive director, just weeks after opening its search for a new leader. After announcing that former director, Kristen Olson, will be transitioning out of the role in July, Moffat County United Way planned to have a new director hired by the end of June.
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New officers sworn in to Craig police force

On Tuesday night, four new police officers were sworn in by Craig Police Chief Michael Cochran in front of City Council. Tyler Betts, Daniel Molina, Kelsey Mumford and Hannah Wood all took the oath of office to join the Craig Police Department as new police officers. Chief Cochran said all...
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County commissioners try to allay local concerns over election integrity

After repeated appeals from concerned citizens who do not trust electronic voting machines, Moffat County commissioners have responded. Starting in January, a group of community members began bringing their concerns to county commissioners regarding the integrity of the electronic voting machines used in Moffat County. The group has been urging county commissioners to return to paper ballots.
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Wolves in North Park are subject at meeting Monday, June 20

Livestock producers are invited to a meeting in Jackson County hosted by the North Park Stockgrowers from 12:30 to 5 p.m. this Monday, June 20. Adam VanValkenburg is the president of the North Park group. “We are going to have leaders from the US Fish and Wildlife Service along with...
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The leafy spurge invasion: Group aims to combat spread of invasive plant species

Spend any time near the Yampa River in Moffat County and you will see the leafy spurge that has started to dominate bank vegetation over the past several decades. Leafy spurge is an invasive plant species that was probably introduced to the area from out-of-state road or hay equipment as early as the 1950s, according to Yampa Valley Leafy Spurge Project volunteer Ben Beall.
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